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Why should I use less Water?

  • Take a look at the water cycle and how groundwater is used in the RDN. We can only use what we have and we can't make 'new' water.
  • Using less water means there is less pollution (such as greenhouse gases).
  • Your family will spend less money on their water and energy bills.
What Can I do?

It's simple. Turning off taps and reusing towels will save a lot of water. More ideas for the bathroom, laundry and kitchen are listed below.

The Bathroom... Toilet talk and more...
  1. Turn off the taps!
    Don't let the water run when you're brushing your teeth and hair.
  2. Don't use the toilet as the garbage can.
    Each year, toilets use more water than anything else in the house. So don't use it if you can use a garbage can.
  3. Take 5 minute showers.
    Short showers use far less water than a bath.
Knock Knock
Who's There?
Urall
Urall who?
Urall washed up kiddo!
Ha Ha

Laundry

Less Laundry = Less Water.
To stop water waste, we all need to cut down on laundry. It is possible to have clean clothes and save water.

  1. Don't throw your clothes into the laundry hamper unless they need to be cleaned.
  2. Change into work or play clothes after school so that your school clothes can be worn more than once.
  3. Reuse towels after your shower or bath. You are clean after all!
Outdoors
  1. Don't forget to turn off the taps! Sometimes after we've been playing outdoors with hoses we forget to turn them off. This can waste a lot of water and is unnecessary.
More Resources
  • US Environmental Protection Agency. Water For Kids. This site has educational materials, games and more.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has excellent information on the watercycle.
  • The American Ground Water Trust (AGWT) - AGWT promotes efficient and effective groundwater management. AGWT has recently published a children's book called Well….what's all that drilling about? about two children watching the drilling of a home's water well and the installation of a water pump. The book is currently online at www.agwt.org.
  • American Ground Water Trust. Well... what's all that drilling about? American Ground Water Trust. Concord, New Hampshire, USA. 2007. pp 16.
Last Modified:  Nov 15, 2011
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